Stormers shrug off gutsy Kings
Port Elizabeth - The Stormers beat the Kings 24-12 on Saturday in a South African Super Rugby derby which had little more than local pride at stake.
Stormers captain Deon Fourie scored two tries off driving mauls and flyhalf Elton Jantjies
kicked 11 points for the grinding win, lifting the Capetonians to an 8-7 record in a disappointing campaign after they finished top of the regular-season standings in 2012.
The Stormers' faint hopes of forcing their way into the six-team playoffs had been ended earlier on Saturday with the Cheetahs' win over New Zealand's Blues.
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The Kings' points at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium came through four penalties from No 10 Demetri Catrakilis
in a game that was still fierce and full of physical confrontation despite it having no effect on the post-season playoffs.
Competition newcomers the Kings are in last place overall with one game to go in their debut season - a visit to the Sharks - before a promotion-relegation playoff against the Johannesburg-based Lions for a Super Rugby place after finishing bottom of the South African conference.
Flank Fourie rumbled over at the back of a rolling maul a minute before half-time and then broke off the back of a similar drive to force his way through a number of tackles three minutes from the end, ensuring the Stormers improved their win-loss record before they finish 2013 at home against the conference-leading Bulls, a meeting of South Africa's historic rivals and which could still affect the Bulls' push to finish top overall.
Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis
Tries: Deon Fourie (2)
Penalties: Elton Jantjies
(3), Joe Pietersen
15. SP Marais, 14. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Michael Killian, 10. Demetri Catrakilis
, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. David Bulbring, 5. Darron Nell, 4. Cornell du Preez, 3. Grant Kemp, 2. Bandise Maku
, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Charl du Plessis, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Shane GatesStormers:
15. Joe Pietersen
, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana
, 10. Elton Jantjies
, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth
, 3. Brok Harris
, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Gerhard van den Heever